Today is Remembrance Day. 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of what was to be known as the Great War. Canada, with their sentimental attachment to the Commonwealth still hanging around and their own patriotism, felt that they had a duty to serve. Of course, as Skule students, we can be aware that engineering students especially had a role to play in both wars (but remember, it’s not just about us). As always, Skule will put on its own memorial services at 11AM on Front Campus.
If you were interested, you should definitely check out a couple of places on campus, where they have artifacts that would appeal to students (and engineering is mentioned a few times):
If you visit the Thomas Fisher Rare Book library near the Robarts Library, they have a small display with artifacts and documents from WWI. Surrounding it currently is an exhibition on wartime literature.
Do see the Memorial Room in the Tower beside Hart House when it’s open. It’s like a mini-museum on campus.
I can give you a reading list for the rest of your day:
- The UofT Magazine, distributed/available online to alumni, details several stories regarding the war effort on campus during WWI. Here is an example of one, this one entitled “Nothing Lacking but the Roar of Battle”.
- UofT Archivist Harold Averill talks about the Great War and the impact it has had on the university . (There’s also a link to a Youtube video in the article.)
- “In 1914, why were students marching in the University of Toronto’s Hart House under the command of a chemistry professor?”
- This article mentions the Soldiers’ Tower and brings up the discussion of war memorials during this day and age of modern war times.
And don’t forget the conflict that is still happening today.
“Lest we forget / N’oublions jamais”